A panoramic overview of 20th-century art is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through October 21 in the special exhibition Seldom Seen: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection.
Bracketed in time by a late-19th-century line drawing by Paul Gauguin and a 2002 acrylic painting by Granville, Mass., artist Kristine Sullivan, the eclectic exhibition presents more than 50 works representing the major art movements and styles of the 20th century. "Twentieth-century art is almost indefinable and, ironically, that can be considered its definition. During the last century, artists forged new and different paths to reflect a world in flux and to react to rapid, unsettling changes in science, technology, politics and economics," said Julia Courtney, curator of art at the museum. Among the early 20th-century work on view are prints by Henri Matisse, Paul Klee, Kurt Seligman, and Lyonel Feininger; and watercolors by Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, and Walt Kuhn. Later 20th century art includes works by Richard Pousette-Dart, Robert Motherwell, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Robert Goodnough and other artists. Sculpture and glass are represented with beautiful objects created by Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Dale Chihuly, Josh Simpson, Leonard Baskin, Randy Strong, and Louis C. Tiffany, among others.